As the winter nights are drawing in, we would like to remind Nottinghamshire residents to think about home security during the late afternoon and evenings.
We’re aiming to prevent a rise in burglaries during the darker autumn and winter months by reminding residents to take some simple steps to make it as difficult as possible for burglars.
We’re also urging all road users and pedestrians to stay safe and been seen, with the longer hours of darkness and the winter weather, and check their vehicles are fit for the winter.
Some simple crime prevention tips for your home include:
Make sure that all of your door and window locks are working properly and ensure that doors and windows are locked at all times.
Ensure your house and car keys are kept in a safe place out of sight and well away from your letterbox.
Visible burglar alarms and carefully directed security lighting can deter burglars.
Never leave garages or sheds unlocked, especially if they connect to your property.
Keep desirable items out of view to passers-by. Valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.
Don't open your door unless you know who it is - use a door spy hole or door chain.
If you see somebody acting suspiciously report it to the police immediately by calling 101 or, in an emergency, call 999.
To find more support on how to keep you and your personal belongings safe, visit our Crime prevention advice pages.
If you are celebrating Halloween this year, we hope you have a spook-tacular time, but stay safe. Please be mindful and respectful that not everyone in our community will be taking part.
If you don’t want trick or treaters at your door this Halloween, ‘Say No to Trick or Treaters’ posters are available for you to download and display. The poster should be displayed in a prominent position either on the front door or front window.